Click on the module to see what's included:


Introduction to Esthetics | Interpersonal Skills | Bacteriology, Sterilization & Sanitation | Cells, Anatomy & Physiology of the Skin | Disorders and Diseases of the Skin | Spa Business Management | Career Planning | Manicures/Pedicures | Make-up Artistry | Hair Removal | Basic Chemistry | Facials | Laser Basics & Electrotherapy for the Esthetician | MEDICAL and ADVANCED ESTHETIC PROCEDURES | Emergency First Aid | Human Anatomy & Physiology | Nutrition | Cosmetic Massage and Spa Body Therapies | Student Clinic | Job Shadow



Introduction to Esthetics, The Evolution of Esthetics and Your Professional Image


This introductory unit outlines the history and evolution of the esthetics and spa industry, and the many career opportunities available to estheticians. It presents the importance of professional image, code of ethics, common courtesies related to clients and co-workers within the workplace and the esthetics industry.


• Introduction to the Field of Esthetics

• Historical overview of Spas, Skin Care and Cosmetics

• Professional Resources and Legal Regulations in the Esthetics Field

• Career Opportunities, Skill and Requirements

• Professional Ethics and Image

• Teamwork – understanding the importance and contributing factors in strong team building


Interpersonal Skills


This unit outlines the importance of good interpersonal, communication and time management skills in the esthetics industry.


• Life Skills and Communicating for Success

• Time and Stress Management


Bacteriology, Sterilization & Sanitation


This unit provides the learner with a basic knowledge of bacteria, infection, and procedures and guidelines to help the esthetician eliminate and prevent the spread of disease.


• Bacteriology and Related Diseases and Disorders

• Infection Prevention & Control

• Personal and Public Hygiene

• Decontamination

• Safety, Standards and Health Regulations


Cells, Anatomy & Physiology of the Skin


This unit focuses on understanding the basic structural units of the human body and the composition, structure and function of the skin.


• Cytology – Study of Cells, Metabolism and Body Systems

• Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin

• Principal Structures and Functions of the Skin




Disorders and Diseases of the Skin


This unit will enable the learner to recognize common skin diseases, disorders and disturbances; determine those that can be treated by the esthetician and those that require medical treatment.


• Disorders and Diseases of the Skin

• Common Dermatological Terms

• Skin Conditions, Pigmentations and Allergies

• Skin Cancers

• Scope of Practice


Salon/Spa Business Management


This module outlines important aspects of successful salon/spa business management skills.


• Salon/SPA Business Management

• Types of Business Ownership

• Business Licensing, Law, Regulations and Insurance

• Opening a Spa/Salon Business

• Strategies for a Successful Business

• Daily Operations and Functions

• Record Keeping and Inventory Control

• Marketing, Advertising and Promotions

• Telephone Communication and Reception Service

• Customer Service and Building a Clientele

• Managing Personnel

• Human Relations Pertaining to Labor Laws and Employee/Management Expectations


Career Planning and Employment Skills


This unit outlines important aspects of career planning, gaining employable skills and basic computer literacy.


• Skills for Success – Resumes, Cover Letters, Interview Skills

• Career planning and Employment Skills

• Exploring the Job Market and Networking

• Methods of Compensation

• Basic Remedial Computer Skills and Literacy

• Internet Navigation, Accessing Information and Email capabilities




This unit provides basic knowledge and fundamental techniques required to perform professional manicure, pedicure and nail enhancement treatments.


• Anatomy and Physiology

• Bacteriology, Infection Prevention, Sanitary Control Practices

• Disorders and Diseases of the Nails

• Preparation and of the Treatment Area, Use of Products, Implements and Supplies

• Massage and Specialized Techniques

• Types of Manicures, Pedicures and Specialty Treatments

• Artificial Nails and Nail Enhancements

• Safety Procedures and Precautions

• Various Polish Applications and Nail Art

• Follow-up Treatment and Homecare


Advanced Make-up Artistry; Lash and Brow Enhancements


This unit outlines the basics in color theory, facial shapes and features. The various techniques of professional make-up artistry and lash/brow enhancements, such as tinting and lash extensions, are introduced.


• Color Theory

• Facial Shapes and Characteristics

• Artistic Materials, Cosmetics and Preparation of Client

• Professional Make-up Techniques

• Specialized Techniques

• Lash Enhancements

• Eyelash and Eyebrow Tinting

• Client Consultation, Sanitary Practices, Safety Procedures and Precautions

• Product Knowledge

• Follow-up Treatment and Homecare


Hair Removal


This unit outlines permanent and temporary hair removal techniques and practices, and their effect on the skin.

• Composition of Hair and its Surrounding Structures

• Stages of Hair Growth

• Conditions related to Hair Growth

• Sanitary Practices, Safety Precautions, and Client Contraindications

• Client Consultation, Skin and Hair Analysis

• Methods of Temporary and Permanent Hair Removal

• Various Application Techniques and Step-By Step Procedure

• Preparation of the Treatment Area and Product, Implements and Equipment

• Preparation of the Client and Skin

• Product Knowledge

• Follow-up Treatment and Homecare




Basic Chemistry, Cosmetic Ingredients and Product Analysis


This unit outlines the elements of basic chemistry and chemical processes as it relates to cosmetic products, their ingredients and various formulations. Different product forms and uses in the practice of esthetics are discussed.


• Basic chemistry

• Organic/Inorganic Chemistry

• Matter: Structure and Types

• pH scale and pH levels of skin, hair and various products

• Cosmetic Ingredient and Product Analysis

• Active and In-active Ingredients

• Laws that Govern the Manufacture, Labeling and Safety of Cosmetics

• Cosmetic Safety and how to Protect Clients from Unsafe Products




This unit outlines all aspects of conducting various professional facial treatments including: specific instructions on how to conduct a client consultation, prepare implements, products and treatment rooms, the ability to recognize and identify general skin types and specific skin conditions to determine the most appropriate treatment recommendations, classical methods of facial massage and facial step sequences.


• Skin Care Product Knowledge

• Client Preparation and Draping

• Cleansing the Skin – Procedures and Products

• Massage Techniques

• Client Consultation and Health Screening

• Skin Analysis, Classifications and Characteristics

• Skin Aging, Contributing Factors and Treatment Options

• Types of Facials and Specialized Treatments

• Facial Treatments without Machinery

• Facial Treatments with the aid of Machinery

• Treatment Masks

• Follow-up Treatment, Homecare and Retailing Coordinating Skin Care


Laser Basics and Electrotherapy for the Esthetician


This unit outlines the basics of laser and light based technologies, electricity and electrical devices, enabling the learner to operate a variety of machines and apparatus used in the esthetic profession with knowledgeably and safety.


• Basics of Electricity

• Indications, Purpose, Function and Benefits of using Various Electrical Devices

• Skin Analysis Equipment

• Specialized Treatment for Various Skin Types

• Facial Machinery

• Laser and Light Therapy

• Sanitary, Safety Precautions and Specific Client Contraindications

• Maintenance, Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting and Storage of equipment

• Purchasing Cosmetic Technology


Medical and Advanced Esthetic Procedures


This hands-on unit outlines advanced topics related to medical esthetics and the expanded role of the esthetician in a medical setting. It will also provide an awareness of medical esthetic, cosmetic, non-surgical and plastic surgery procedures, legalities and an understanding of terminology and the scope of practice for estheticians.


• Medical and Advanced Esthetic Procedures, including microdermabrasion and non-surgical facelifting, collagen remodeling, treating pigmented lesions and spider veins, acne treatments, laser hair removal, IPL, skin tightening

• Pre and Post Procedures pertaining to Medical Estheticians

• Common and Basic Medical terminology

• Interfacing with Medical Practitioners

• Scope of Practice related to Medical Esthetics

• Legalities, Laws and Regulations pertaining to the practice of various treatment modalities




Emergency First Aid


• All students are required to have a valid CPR certificate.

• For those who do not already have certification, the Institute will arrange professional instruction on-site to take this course; all costs are the responsibility of the student.


Human Anatomy & Physiology


This unit outlines human anatomy, physiology and histology, the different body systems and their relation to the practice of esthetics.


• Anatomy, Physiology and Histology

• Relevant Terminology

• Eleven main body systems, their divisions and sub-divisions, structures and primary functions.


Nutrition and Stress Management


This unit outlines basic nutrition and how it can affect the health and certain conditions of the skin and body. It will also cover how stress and certain habits can affect the health of the body and skin.


• Macronutrients, Micronutrients, their Functions and the Result of their Deficiencies

• Calories, Dietary guidelines, Nutritional Recommendations and How Diets Affect our Skin and Body.

• Detrimental Health Habits and the Effects on the Skin and Body

• Indications, Sources, Effects of Stress and Effective Coping Strategies

• Relationship between Stress and Nutrition

• Vitamins used in Cosmetics and Skin Care Preparations


Cosmetic Massage and Spa Body Therapies


This unit outlines the various cosmetic massage treatments and body therapies related to the esthetic industry.


• Client Consultation and Room Preparation

• Common terminology

• Laws and Regulations pertaining to the practice of cosmetic massage and various treatment modalities

• Classic massage movements and techniques

• Physiological and psychological benefits and effects of massage

• Product knowledge

• Aromatherapy, its history and value in esthetics

• Various body treatments, their benefits, effects and specific client contraindications

• Cosmetic Massage & Body Treatments - step-by-step procedure for: Back/neck/décolleté/scalp treatments,  Body Polishes,  Sunless bronzing,  Body Wraps,  Cosmetic and aromatherapy massage,  Hot Stone massage

• Sanitary Practices, Client Contraindications and Safety Procedures

• Follow-up Treatment, Homecare and Retailing Coordinating Skin Care


Student Clinic – Starts Week 6


Working with actual paying clientele, this invaluable practical experience gives the student professional insight into the spa industry, while giving experience in spa management, leadership skills, technical savvy and administrative skills.


• Customer Service

• Instructor-supervised treatments on the public

• Retailing and followup treatments

• Health history forms

• Time management and appointment scheduling

• Team dynamics and leadership skills

• On-the-job training

• Sales receipts, inventory controls and other administrative skills




Job Shadow


Students will job shadow professional estheticians to gain an understanding of the salon business and working with clientele. Students will be responsible for shadowing a variety of procedures as estheticians service clients.


Job shadowing involves working closely with professionals for an agreed time in order to learn how aspects of the job are performed in a working environment. It can broaden the student's skill base in customer care and understanding of management skills related to the salon and spa business. It involves the observation of specific esthetician skills as well as the day to day responsibilities for the safety and cleanliness of the work environment. It also provides opportunities for the student to interact with the workplace host and discover particular details about the field, such as the rewards and challenges of the service industry.

• Interactive, practical Interview

• Customer Care and Service

• Interact with clients, employers and employees





"National Institute of Esthetics has provided me with the training and experience I needed to begin the career of my dreams. The esthetics program at NIE teaches students with great clarity and detail, allowing me to graduate with an understanding of the many different facets of the skin care and cosmetics industry. The school itself provides it's students with an impeccable facility with state of the art equipment and skin care products, making the learning experience both rewarding and enjoyable. I am now working in a Dermatology clinic as a Cosmetic and Surgical Technician. NIE prepared me by teaching me how to be a great esthetician and how to succeed in the cosmetics industry." ~ Laura Kay, Graduate with Honours

Medical and Advanced Esthetics Diploma

No additional certificates required!


Our Medical and Advanced Esthetics Diploma program is all-inclusive!


Our 40-week program includes all aspects of Medical Esthetics, Brazilian Waxing, Hot Stone Massage, Aromatherapy, Laser Technology, Advanced Esthetics and more!


Copyright © 2014 National Institute of Esthetics

26 Legend Court, #4, Ancaster, ON L9K 1J3

905-304-0931  Toll-Free 1-866-777-0090


Visit Nie Spa